Wildflower, remind yourself
That a boy’s body only knows
Freedom when he is running
Running to a home, to himself,
To a god his mother passed to
Him as a heirloom. Wildflower,
Do you remember yours? And how she
Bends her back into an altar of many
Prayers. Arms clasping the sorrows
Of three sons and a broken husband,
With trembling lips counting the many
Names of g_d, hoping one day,
She would find freedom where
She is running to.


Samuel Ogunkoya is a Nigerian physiotherapist. His poems have been published in Kalahari Review, AfricanWriter and Best New African poets anthology 2017. He writes from Lagos.